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Milwaukee Repertory Theater

108 East Wells Street

In 1954, Milwaukee native Mary Widrig John forged a plan to create a professional theater for the city. The result was the Fred Miller Theatre on Oakland Avenue [now home to the Miramar Theatre], so named after the head of Miller Brewing Company and chair of the theater’s fundraising campaign who died in a plane crash before the project was completed. The Fred Miller Theatre produced a standard repertoire of Broadway hits featuring well-known performers to draw initial audiences. In the early 1960s, the company re-organized by creating a resident acting company and expanding its repertoire to include classics and premieres of new works. The name Milwaukee Repertory Theater was chosen in 1963 to reflect this new philosophy. In 1968, The Rep moved into the 504-seat Todd Wehr Theater in the new downtown Performing Arts Center. The move spurred attendance and helped The Rep establish a firm operating base and a large pool of subscribers. In 1974, The Rep converted a small warehouse space into an additional 99-seat theater, and the Court Street Theater housed artistic exploration, the development of new work and plays suited to an intimate setting.

The Rep moved to its current home across from Milwaukee’s City Hall in 1987. A cleverly converted power generation plant, the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex houses three theaters, the Quadracci Powerhouse (720 seats), the Stiemke Studio (205 seats) and the Stackner Cabaret (118 seats), which is also a full-service, restaurant and bar. Together, these spaces offer a variety of staging options and host a wide range of dramatic fare. The complex also houses all of The Rep’s rehearsal facilities, production shops and administrative offices.


Justin Kasdorf

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I tried out being a season ticket holder over the past year. When I initially purchased the season, I had no idea how many wonderful plays I was going to see. Yes, they told me the names and the content of the plays, but then to witness in awe, the talent and professionalism brought to the different stages of the Rep. I’m blown away by it. I always look forward to the next play because I know it’s going to be fantastic. They really know what they are doing. They have made the voices of many communities heard and they play an important role in bringing Milwaukee together. Hopefully you will try out the Rep and realize how amazing they are.

Adam Newman

Friday, April 27, 2018
I'm a relatively new patron of the Rep, and I have been very pleasantly surprised. The casts are professional and talented. The shows are diverse and interesting--everything from gritty plays about racial tension to classic musical theater. There are no bad seats in the house, no matter which theater you are in. And you can bring your drinks into the show--and the drinks are good! Just make sure you get into line quickly.

Bill Glowing

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Their sellection of theatrical presentations are beyond compare. Always a pleasant atmosphere. Prices are reasonable & parking is always available.

Mickie Lafrombois

Friday, June 29, 2018
What an awesome experience!!! This was a field trip for JTerm 6th, 7th and 8th grade class. JJ and Abby are so fantastic. We absolutely loved having them come to our MPS school and teaching us about theater. Our tour of the Rep was so informative and fun. I hope other classes get to participate and learn about the Rep and theatre. Thank you JJ and Abby it was a pleasure meeting both of you. Keep up the great work of inspiring young people about the Arts. Mickie

Gregg Kriegel

Saturday, April 28, 2018
What a great addition to the city. Live theatre made easy. Little pricey but willing to pay to support the arts. Just got season tix for 2nd straight year.

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